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Spotify

$141.79

-1.73 (-1.21%)

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Apple

$183.61

1.9 (1.05%)

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Spotify CEO says Apple tie-up 'completely unsustainable,' Mac Observer reports

Daniel Ek, the CEO of music streaming service Spotify (SPOT) says his firm's relationship with Apple (AAPL) is "completely unsustainable," according to a report from the Mac Observer's Charlotte Henry. The statements come a day after Spotify initiated a complaint with the European Commission against Apple. Ek maintains that Apple's imposition of a 30% tax on App Store purchases would force Spotify to artificially inflate the price of our Premium membership well above the price of Apple Music," giving Apple unfair leverage, added the report. Reference Link

SPOT

Spotify

$141.79

-1.73 (-1.21%)

AAPL

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$183.61

1.9 (1.05%)

SPOT Spotify
$141.79

-1.73 (-1.21%)

01/16/19
WELS
01/16/19
NO CHANGE
Target $140
WELS
Market Perform
Spotify price target lowered to $140 from $150 at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst Robert Coolbrith lowered his price target for Spotify to $140 from $150, while reiterating a Market Perform rating on the shares. The analyst remains cautious on shares as he believes that the company's runway for continued robust growth in Premium Subscribers, particularly in developed markets, may be limited by the highly competitive dynamics of the market and the appeal of high-quality free music streaming products. Additionally, Coolbrith notes that Spotify's relationships with the major music labels, which appeared to have been improving now appear to have been complicated by Spotify's efforts to directly license music from artists, with uncertain consequences for its future pace of gross margin improvement and its ability to obtain license agreements to launch its service in new markets, notably India and Russia.
02/07/19
LOOP
02/07/19
NO CHANGE
Target $120
LOOP
Sell
Spotify price target lowered to $120 from $135 at Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Alan Gould lowered his price target on Spotify to $120 and kept his Sell rating, saying that while the company posted "good" Q4 numbers with premium subscribers close to expectations, its 2019 top-line guidance was disappointing. The analyst adds that the "library product is more critical in music than video and warns about the "competitive music streaming market", even though he is positive on Spotify's plans to buy Anchor and Gimlet Media to grow its podcasting business.
02/07/19
RBCM
02/07/19
NO CHANGE
Target $190
RBCM
Outperform
Spotify price target lowered to $190 from $200 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Mark Mahaney lowered his price target on Spotify after its Q4 earnings, saying that while the quarter was "in-line to modestly above" consensus, the outlook for Q1 missed in terms of gross margins and operating losses. The analyst keeps his Outperform rating on Spotify, attributing the misses "almost entirely to pending acquisitions & investments in Podcasts", which he sees as a "smart strategic direction".
03/13/19
KEYB
03/13/19
NO CHANGE
KEYB
Sector Weight
KeyBanc says Spotify complaint a risk to Apple given significant merit of claim
After Spotify (SPOT) filed a complaint with the European Commission claiming Apple (AAPL) has implemented anti-competitive practices in App Store policies, KeyBanc analyst Andy Hargreaves said he believe Spotify's claim has "significant merit" and are likely to carry significant weight when presented to the EC's competition committee. He sees the most significant financial risk to Apple coming from a forced requirement to allow first party and other third party payment processing from within apps, which Hargreaves said would likely drive the current 30% rate Apple collects "down substantially." The complaint also creates brand risk in addition to financial risk, according to the analyst, who keeps a Sector Weight rating on Apple shares.
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NEED
03/14/19
NO CHANGE
Target $85
NEED
Buy
Roku price target raised to $85 from $65 at Needham
Needham analyst Laura Martin raised her price target on Roku (ROKU) to $85 and kept her Buy rating, saying its 14% stock price decline yesterday was "overdone" while maintaining her view of the company as the "top pick for 2019". The analyst cites the company's position of an "arms dealer", aggregating 5K 3rd party streaming video apps into one platform. She also believes that "every new streaming service", including the upcoming offerings from Disney (DIS), AT&T (T) and Apple (AAPL) will sign contracts allowing for viewing on Roku device, adding that "TV advertisers" will have to follow the viewers since some 10M Roku users have no linear TV access. Moreover, Martin contends that Roku is in position to expand internationally or possibly be acquired.
03/14/19
COWN
03/14/19
INITIATION
Target $220
COWN
Outperform
Apple initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
Cowen analyst Krish Sankar initiated Apple with an Outperform rating and $220 price target, stating that his long term investment thesis hinges on the Services segment growing and Apple massively monetizing its installed base of products. Sankar also thinks increasing recurring revenues should drive a higher multiple for Apple shares, he tells investors. He models iPhone units down 15% year-over-year in calendar 2019 to 175M units.
03/14/19
MSCO
03/14/19
NO CHANGE
Target $197
MSCO
Overweight
Morgan Stanley 'positively biased' on Apple's March quarter based on China signs
Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty shared four reasons that she is "positively biased" on Apple's March quarter with two weeks to go: data showing that Apple gained share of the Chinese smartphone installed base year-over-year in January and February; the fact that February was the first month in half a year that her firm's Asia team didn't cut their iPhone builds forecast; the fact that this is the first time that her March and June quarter iPhone forecasts are actually below her Asia Hardware team's build forecast; and the fact that replacement cycles have converged with PCs. Huberty, who added that the XS Max is the most popular new iPhone model with users in China "contrary to expectations," keeps an Overweight rating and $197 price target on Apple shares.
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